Heartbroken Winnie Johnson broke down in tears today as she begged Moors murderer Ian Brady to reveal to her the 45-year secret of where her son is buried.
The frail pensioner, 75, pleaded with the five-times child killer to help find Keith Bennett's grave on Saddleworth Moor, after police announced they had called off the search and could do no more unless Brady revealed the location.
Keith, then aged just 12, was abducted and killed by Brady and Myra Hindley on June 16 1964 in Manchester, while on his way to his grandmother's house.
Mrs Johnson walked him part of the way and waved him goodbye - and never saw him again.
Appealing directly to the killer, Mrs Johnson said: "I'm pleading with him to get to me or the press or the police and tell me where Keith is, it is the last time it will be done.
"I appreciate what the police have done, they have done a lot of work in the last three to four years...they have done their best, they can't do anymore they have got nowhere else to look - it is up to Brady now to do what he can for me to get Keith back.
"I want them getting to Brady and ask him to either write to me or the police or the press to get more information, where Keith is.
"It is the last time ever.
"If I could speak to him now I would wring his bloody neck, but they will not let me see him."
Mrs Johnson broke down in tears after grainy black and white photos of Hindley, then live pictures of Saddleworth Moor flashed up on TV screens where she was speaking at the police HQ in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.
"It is not fair, oh dear God, I can't talk now. It is not fair on me, what I have had to go through.
"I did not ask him to be picked up and murdered."
She said she was "disappointed" the police had called off the searches on the Moor but understood the decision.
"I was disappointed in one way but can understand what they mean because they have worked bloody hard up there and come to a dead end.
"I want Keith found before anything happens to me because I want to give him a decent burial.
"It's a nightmare, it's been a nightmare for the last 45 years how I have carried on - 45 years in limbo.
"He knows where he is and won't tell anyone.
"If he's got any decency or respect for anybody it should be me.
"He says he's got rights, and I have got none."
Brady is being held in Ashworth High Security Hospital on Merseyside.Reuse content